Mystery Road
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An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a straight-up, "Law & Order"-esque criminal investigation, it's watchable. But lingering shots and half-baked racial commentary overstate the importance of "Mystery Road.""
‑ Jay Boller, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A masterfully executed slice of storytelling that rates as one of our finest films of the past few years."
‑ Tom Clift, FILMINK (Australia)
"A deeply satisfying and slow-burning modern-day western set in outback New South Wales, Ivan Sen's outstanding film Mystery Road bridges the current divide in Australian cinema with a prominent and precise work."
‑ Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age
"There is slow burn and then there is Mystery Road, writer-director Ivan Sen's languid, dusty smalltown western set in a Queensland hinterland rife with racial tension, social malaise and organised crime."
‑ Simon Foster,
"With a tight-lipped Aaron Petersen as a lonely, personally troubled cop investigating the murder of a local teen, director Ivan Sen delivers a brooding, unsettling, racially charged slice of Outback Noir."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Detective Jay Swan is no Marlowe; he just isn't engaging, or all that interesting."
‑ David McGinty, The Skinny
"Mystery Road's links to the classic Hollywood western are as obvious as its hero's cowboy boots and white hat but they do nothing to diminish its Australianness."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"I think he's a wonderful filmmaker."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Oblique in its intent and without the complexities of an investigatory film along the architectural lines of Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Mystery Road broods and simmers."
‑ Luke Buckmaster, Crikey
"What lifts this atmospheric and affecting film from its genre limitations are its milieu, its striking visual style and its truly enjoyable, low-key performances."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"There simply isn't enough dynamism to justify Sen's story. Australian movies have to work harder to secure audiences beyond those who go to them out of a sense of duty or worthiness; Mystery Road simply doesn't go that far."
‑ Alex Doenau, Trespass
"A work of evocative suggestion and concrete detail, a film that uses the genre trappings of the western and the thriller to explore a complex story of crime and indifference."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"MYSTERY ROAD is, indeed, a bit of a mystery - but there are so many wonderful elements to the film that you wish the confusions had been ironed out more satisfactorily."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Mystery Road offers nothing new in terms of crime plot, but its awesome setting and tenacious hero make it an absolute must-see, especially for western fans."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie, HeyUGuys
"A new classic with a rich tide of ideas unraveling and washing around the easy explanations, no Hollywood signposts, just a genre piece of great complexity and troubling beauty. An important film, a stunningly entertaining one, and a great one."
‑ Lauren Carroll Harris, Concrete Playground
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